BioWare's 'Anthem' takes aim on 'Destiny' like WHOA


We don’t have a lot of hard facts about Anthem, BioWare’s next game, but one thing is abundantly clear following its E3 2017 debut: it’s built to be a Destiny-killer.

Just watch this gameplay demo, which premiered during Microsoft’s Xbox briefing. From the bespoke social center/adventure spaces to the coveted high-end gear to the emphasis on exploration and cooperation, everything about this 7-minute look screams “we’re looking at you, Bungie.”

More to come on this one as its 2018 release approachesAnthem will be a no-show at E3 proper this year, so we’ll have to wait until BioWare is ready to share more, likely closer to the end of 2017. Read more…

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T-Mobile takes $100 off the price of iPhone 7 256 GB, offers free iPhone SE (in certain conditions)

If you need to purchase one or more new iPhones from T-Mobile, you may want to do it now, as the Uncarrier has a couple of attractive deals for you.

For a limited time, T-Mobile lets you buy an iPhone 7 256 GB for the price of a 128 GB model. More exactly, instead of paying $849.99 for the iPhone 7 256 GB, you’ll only pay $749.99 (or $125.99 upfront, and $26.00 per month for 24 months) – this means you’ll be saving $100. Unfortunately, the offer only includes the 4.7-inch iPhone 7, so it excludes the larger iPhone 7 Plus.

The second deal that you can currently …

Samsung takes us on an inside tour of Galaxy S8 and S8+: see what it's made of

Samsung has released an official teardown of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, its flagship phones and the first ones with the new ‘infinity’ bezel-less display.
In this post, Samsung shows what are the key components of the Galaxy S8 and where they are located.
Samsung shows key components like the heat pipe that helps cool the powerful Snapdragon 835 system chip. You can also see the positioning of the processor itself, the memory location and other curious details like the NFC / MST / Wireless charging connectors at …

Here are the top 5 selling smartphones in Q1 2017 (hint: Apple takes the crown)

Research firm Strategy Analytics today released a report concerning the global smartphone market in the first quarter of 2017 (January – March). 

According to the firm, about 353.3 million smartphones were shipped in Q1 – a 6.1% increase over the first quarter of 2016. The top 5 best selling models include two devices made by Apple, two made by Samsung, and a somewhat surprising arrival – an Oppo smartphone.

As you can see in the table below, the best selling smartphone of Q1 2107 was Apple’s iPhone 7, with about 21.5 million units being shipped during the period, …

Asus takes a jab at Apple's iPhone 7 Plus, touts ZenFone 3 Zoom's superior battery life

Asus today released a video that pits its ZenFone 3 Zoom against Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus. More exactly, Asus took the time to compare the battery life and charging times of the two handsets (which aren’t completely different, first and foremost because both sport 5.5-inch 1080p screens).

As you’ll see in the video – embedded below – the Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom lasts longer than the iPhone 7 Plus when shooting a time-lapse video, as well as when playing back a video. But that shouldn’t come as a surprise, since the ZenFone 3 Zoom packs a 5000 mAh battery, while the iPhone 7 Plus features a 2900 …

Xiaomi Mi 6 sells out its first flash sale this morning; next one takes place May 5th

The Xiaomi Mi 6 had its first flash sale in China earlier today, and as you might expect, the device sold out in seconds, Mind you, only the jet black version of the new flagship was available. The price of the Mi 6 with 64GB of native storage is the equivalent of $360 USD. The model with twice that amount of internal storage costs the equivalent of $420 USD. A third model, sporting a ceramic body and 128GB of native storage, is priced at the equivalent of $435 USD.

If you planned on participating in the flash sale, but missed out today for one reason or another, the next one will take …

Instagram takes another move from Snapchat's playbook by adding location-based stickers to Stories

Instagram Stories has proven to be a beast to be reckoned with since it launched about six months ago. Just about a month ago, we reported that the service had accumulated over 150 million daily users since its inception last August. That’s a seriously impressive number, and with its user base continually growing, Instagram has been hard at work to ensure that its Stories service has as many features to play around with as possible.

Today, Instagram unveiled that Geostickers will be making their way to the Stories section of the application. As the name suggests, Geostickers …

BlackBerry Passport flash sale runs for 48-hours, takes 34% off the price

The BlackBerry Passport is the subject of a 48-hour flash sale by BlackBerry. Unlike the flash sales held overseas by companies like Xiaomi, this is merely a sale that is running for 48-hours on the handset. The phone is receiving a 34% discount and is priced at $229. That is $120 off the regular price of $349. The last time BlackBerry ran a 48-hour flash sale for the Passport, buyers purchased the Silver Edition in such great numbers that the BlackBerry web site sold out of the device completely; the Passport Silver Edition is no longer available at all from the manufacturer.

The unlocked …

B&H bundle deal takes $400 off the purchase of a Hasselblad True Zoom and the unlocked Moto Z bundle

B&H Photo sells cameras, obviously. The Manhattan based retailer also sells smartphones. So what could be more natural for B&H than to bundle the svelte Moto Z handset with the Hasselblad True Zoom Moto Mod? The latter connects to the phone with the use of magnetic pins and comes with 10X optical zooming capabilities. It features a 12MP sensor and records video at 1080p. The Moto Z is the thinnest premium smartphone around at 5.19mm. It features a 5.5-inch screen with a 1440 x 2560 resolution screen, and is powered by the Snapdragon 820 chipset. This version has 4GB of RAM and 64GB …

Apple takes Qualcomm to court over unpaid royalties

Just a few days ago, we told you that the FTC has sued Qualcomm for an anti-competitive deal that supposedly was made with Apple. The contract reportedly covered iPhone production from 2011 to last year. According to the suit, Qualcomm agreed to be the exclusive baseband chip provider for the Apple iPhone during that time period. In exchange, the chip maker charged Apple a lower royalty fee. This year, Apple is using baseband chips from both Qualcomm and Intel.

Today, we have some more news involving Qualcomm, Apple, and a lawsuit. Apple has filed a suit against Qualcomm accusing the latter …